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Woman awarded £2,500 after trapping finger in door

A woman has been awarded £2,500 compensation after a toilet door slammed shut on her finger while she was attending a course at a hotel.

She went to use the toilet which had to be accessed by opening two doors. As she passed through the second door, it suddenly slammed shut, trapping her middle and ring finger on her right hand.

The woman went to hospital where it was revealed she had suffered ligament damage in her fingers. She suffered with the injury for eight months and needed assistance in carrying out day-to-day chores for the first six weeks.

She brought an action against the hotel, claiming it had been negligent in allowing her to use the toilets, knowing that the mechanism of the door was a potential risk of injury. There should have been a slow release device fitted, or at least a warning sign visible to people using the door.

The hotel accepted liability and agreed to an out-of-court settlement of £2,500.

If you have sustained an injury on someone else’s property then you may be entitled to compensation. Companies have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe places without unmarked hazards.

Please contact us if you would like more information about making a personal injury claim.